Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher

Syndicate

Diamondbacks Newsbeat

Monday, April 27, 2020

Sunday Notes: The D-Backs’ Run Production Coordinator Has a Good Backstory

Drew Hedman’s title with the Arizona Diamondbacks is Major League Run Production Coordinator. The 33-year-old Pomona College graduate was promoted to that position in January 2019 after spending the previous 12 months as a pro scout. His backstory is interesting, in part because he bypassed business school along the way.

Hedman played four seasons in the Red Sox organization, and while he topped out in Double-A, that alone qualifies an accomplishment. A total of 1,521 players were selected in the 2009 draft, and only three of them went later than Hedman. As a 50th-round pick, the writing was on the wall by the time the ink dried on his first contract. Not that he didn’t give pro ball the old college try.

“I certainly knew the odds weren’t in my favor, but with that being said, I always tried to be stubborn enough to think I’d be the exception,” Hedman told me. “I did everything I could to put myself in the best possible position to make it. Obviously it didn’t happen.”

Staying in the game beyond his playing days was a goal even before his release. The question was, in which capacity? A front office role made sense — Hedman has a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, with a focus in Economics — but his alma mater wasn’t yet the baseball breeding ground it’s become. Over a dozen Pomona alums have gone on to work for MLB teams since Guy Stevens, who now runs the Kansas City Royals’ R&D department — broke the ice in 2013. Hedman was cut loose in spring training that same year.

Now trying to figure out what a “Run Production Coordinator” does…..


Monday, April 06, 2020

D-Backs Minority Owners Suing Managing Partner Ken Kendrick over Buyouts

Three minority owners of the Arizona Diamondbacks—Alfredo Molina, Jim Weber and limited liability company Carlise Investments—are suing managing general partner Ken Kendrick, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic.

According to that report, they are claiming Kendrick and the Diamondbacks ownership group “acted unlawfully when it told them either to increase their investment in the team to at least a one-percent stake of ownership or sell each of their ‘ownership units’ back to the team at a price of $60 per unit.”

The attorney for the minority owners, Roger Cohen, said his clients weren’t legally required to increase their investment and believed Kendrick’s leveraging “had to do with consolidating and increasing the ownership stake of the remaining owners.”

“Why they would want to do that, why they would treat our clients that way, to be honest, I can’t imagine,” he added. “It doesn’t make any sense. There is no logic to it.”

Any thoughts on the merits of the actions of either the Diamondbacks or the minority owners?

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2020 at 12:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, ken kendrick, lawsuits, ownership

Sunday, March 29, 2020

D-backs troll Giants over Madison Bumgarner signing, 2017 Opening Day

Madison Bumgarner left the Giants for the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency this offseason, and in an ironic twist, MLB aired the 2017 Opening Day game between the two teams Thursday.

On April 2, 2017, the Giants sent Bumgarner to the mound in an effort to win their fourth straight Opening Day.

Bumgarner had an incredible day on the mound and at the plate. In addition to striking out 11 batters in seven innings, the Giants ace also belted two home runs.

But Mark Melancon, making his Giants’ debut, blew the save in the bottom of the ninth.

Mind you, given how things have gone for Bumgarner since then, caution might be paid with this approach….

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2020 at 01:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, madison bumgarner, twitter

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Artificial Turf Strikes Back in Baseball

Hall relented last year, agreeing to replace the grass at the Diamondbacks’ downtown ballpark with artificial turf. He changed his mind after finding a synthetic grass technology that he believes genuinely mimics the real thing in terms of how it plays and affects players’ bodies: the B1K—which stands for “Batting 1.000”—system from Georgia-based Shaw Sports Turf.

Artificial turf nearly disappeared from Major League Baseball. Now it’s suddenly back. After eight years with grass at their home in Little Havana, the Miami Marlins have switched to Shaw’s turf in 2020. The Texas Rangers will also use it at Globe Life Field, their newly constructed stadium in Arlington scheduled to open later this month.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 10, 2020 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, rangers, stadiums, turf

Monday, February 17, 2020

‘I’m all in on this stuff’: How the analytical Diamondbacks will put their spin on Madison Bumgarner – The Athletic

Bumgarner can’t pitch the same way forever and expect the same results. It’s a good thing he knows that.

“I’m eager to learn,” Bumgarner said. “That’s the only way you keep better. Once you stop trying to learn, that’s when you get stuck and everybody else seems to pass you by.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2020 at 10:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, madison bumgarner

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Meeting MadBum: D-backs relish big left-hander’s presence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had plenty of praise for newly acquired left-hander Madison Bumgarner, calling the four-time All-Star exactly what his team needs at the top of the rotation.

Then came the follow-up question: Does that mean Bumgarner would start on opening day?

“I kind of walked myself into that one,” Lovullo acknowledged with a grin.

Lovullo wasn’t ready to name an opening day starter six weeks before the first game, but said he’d be “an idiot” not to consider Bumgarner for the task.

It’s strange seeing articles like this concerning Bumgarner and a different NL West team.

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, madison bumgarner

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Nick Ahmed signs with Arizona Diamondbacks through 2023

The Arizona Diamondbacks reached a contract extension with shortstop Nick Ahmed for four years, taking his deal through the 2023 season.

The team announced the agreement Monday.

AZCentral.com’s Nick Piecoro reported the deal is guaranteed for $32.5 million, plus incentives. Ahmed and the D-backs did not agree to terms on his 2020 salary last month and was facing an upcoming arbitration hearing.

The 29-year-old has become one of MLB’s elite defensive shortstops, but his offense has steadily improved over the course of his career, which in the majors began with Arizona in 2014.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, nick ahmed

Monday, January 27, 2020

Starling Marte, D-backs trade | MLB.com

It’s now cheaper to pay the salaries of all Pirates players than getting two beers and a hot dog at Fenway.

he D-backs have agreed to a trade with the Pirates for center fielder Starling Marte, sources told MLB.com on Monday. Along with Marte, Pittsburgh will send $1.5 million to Arizona and receive right-handed prospect Brennan Malone and shortstop prospect Liover Peguero along with $250,000 in international pool money for this year in return, per a source. Neither team has confirmed the deal or the exchange.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2020 at 03:44 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pirates, starling marte, trade

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogNJ.com: Mets sale: Sheldon Adelson complicates Steve Cohen, Alex Rodriguez-Jennifer Lopez, Josh Harris-David Blitzer bids
(1 - 10:01am, Jul 16)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogThe Texas Rangers’ team name must go
(3 - 9:58am, Jul 16)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(7390 - 9:57am, Jul 16)
Last: Ron J

NewsblogMLB.TV costs $59.99 for the 60-game season
(13 - 9:30am, Jul 16)
Last: Eddie Gaedel

NewsblogHow long will Trout reign as MLB's best player?
(10 - 9:26am, Jul 16)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-15-2020
(4 - 7:58am, Jul 16)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogIke at the Bat: Eisenhower's rumored baseball past
(8 - 7:23am, Jul 16)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogWashington Post opinion editor says Texas Rangers should drop their name because legendary lawmen they're named after are a 'cruel, racist force
(41 - 7:19am, Jul 16)
Last: TJ

NewsblogOT – NBA Revival Thread 2020
(569 - 4:37am, Jul 16)
Last: never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135

NewsblogPicking both 2020 MLB All-Star rosters -- even though there's no game
(9 - 4:14am, Jul 16)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogMcCarver opts out of Cardinals telecasts this season
(4 - 2:17am, Jul 16)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogYasiel Puig signs with Atlanta Braves
(28 - 11:15pm, Jul 15)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogThe Four Biggest Tactical Innovations We Could See This MLB Season
(3 - 9:36pm, Jul 15)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogReport: Blue Jays Exploring Possibility of Home Games in Buffalo
(28 - 9:02pm, Jul 15)
Last: Jose Canusee

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Spring 2020
(458 - 8:56pm, Jul 15)
Last: AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale

Page rendered in 1.1683 seconds
79 querie(s) executed